|Donating and recycling are very important to me. With just a little bit of effort, you can give away almost anything to someone else who can use it. Please take a look at some of my favorite resources and try to recycle or donate rather than throwing useable things away and adding to our landfills. I also have a section on how to reduce all the excess catalogs and junk mail so we can stop wasting so much paper. We can all make a difference!
If you don't use it, someone else will!
Appliances, Books, Clothes, Furniture, etc.
- Access Books- needs children's books and educational
magazines. Check out their Wish List.
- Most local libraries have a "Friends of the Library" group that would be happy to take your book donations. Here is information on the Los Angeles area.
- Donate A Phone reprograms old cell phones for
emergency use for domestic violence victims.
- Kid Flicks creates video libraries for Children’s Hospitals and Pediatric Wards with your DVD donations.
- Jewels for Hope accepts jewelry- costume or real- to benefit the Children's Diabetes Foundation.
Shares takes donations of office furniture and
supplies and matches them up with needy schools and
non-profits. They send you a tax receipt and a letter from the recipient thanking you. Those letters always mean a lot to donors.
Remember to ask for your tax receipt!
reduce your unwanted catalogs, try Catalog Choice for free. It is quick and easy.
- To reduce junk mail, e-mails, and unwanted phone
calls, see this handy
Some specific recycling options:
Bin: Not sure what you can recycle? Check the LA Bureau of Sanitation. You can recycle all clean plastic containers numbered 1-7, aluminum foil, wire hangers (please try and take them back to the dry-cleaner first), plastic grocery bags, dry-cleaning bags, and more!
Recycling Centers in Los
Angeles- where they accept old computers and electronics as well as household batteries, chemicals, and medications. Just drive up to their center and they will unload your car. It could not be easier!
- Major stores have recycling programs for things from batteries to cell phones including: Best Buy, Home Depot, Ikea, Office Depot, and Staples.
- Brita Pitcher Filters: Brita
Hotline (800) 828-2214
- Sneakers: Nike's Reuse a Shoe Program
More information on recycling:
- To give
things away for free, post your items on Craig's
List and Freecycle.
Somebody out there can use what you don't need anymore- and they will come pick it up for free. It is so easy to do and it is nice to know your things are going to someone who will use them. You can also try Help Neighbors to give your extra things to needy families in your area.
sell things, try eBay or Craig's
List. If you want to sell your things on eBay,
but don't want to actually do the work yourself, try eBay Trading Assistants or iSoldIt. To sell books, music, and movies try Half.com.
large items no longer in good condition, call Public
Works 48 hours before your regularly scheduled trash
collection day. The Household Rubbish Pick-ups and
Recycling Hot-line is (800)773-2489. (But try Freecycle and Craig's List Free first because people will take almost anything!)
large amounts of non-useable materials, try 1-800-GOT-JUNK.
This service brings their truck and workers to load
up your junk for disposal or recycling.
My donating and recycling resource page apparently comes up a lot when children are working on school projects. Some have contacted me to share a resource they found to add to my website. Thank you kids for learning about the importance of recycling, reusing, and donating. We can all make a difference by learning, sharing, and doing!